May 13, 2022
“Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.”
Ray’s Daily first published on May 13, 2008 3:03 PM
One of the rewards I get from publishing the Daily is the wisdom so often provided me by readers. One of my favorites is Sandy Rose from Texas. Here is an example of the kind of gifts she gives me.
If you remember I used this quote as the tag to yesterday’s Daily:
“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
Mark Victor Hansen
Here is what Sandy replied:
I’ve been to a couple seminars with Mark Victor Hansen – he is a very powerful speaker. I especially liked his quote at the end…but it’s true about rescripting our lives which are constantly in flux. This is more true as we mature and find ourselves playing out our scripts on another stage in our lives. I am thankful I have not been devastated by lack of work or some other disaster (of which there are many at this time in our societies). Some foreclosures and bankruptcies are at the making of poor choices and the self-imposed desire to be like the Joneses… some are the result of illness or personal disasters. If we would all take our inventory at the different stages in our lives and be willing to face the truth and/or consequences we would grow by leaps and bounds. Many just expect the next guy, the government, or someone else to take over their lives. It’s so true what you offer here when you say …”I do get excited when someone decides that they will take this opportunity to find out what will make the rest of their life better than what it has been.” I hope I can always do that as long as I live. Thanks for your blog today — it gets us thinking 🙂
I hear from Sandy often and the thing that impresses me the most is that she seems to take stock often, understands her needs, desires and capabilities and then moves ahead. While I have never met her she sounds like the kind of person who I would really like. I doubt that she spends too much time trying to figure out why not to do something for she is too busy just doing it. Each day, week and month is a new opportunity and there is no reason not to climb aboard and enjoy the ride. Too many of us drive a stake in the ground, become someone and then stagnate as we never change. Live is an adventure to be enjoyed not just tolerated, so if I am gone sometime for awhile I might just be with Sandy Rose riding on a star screaming yippee!
“Live life so completely that when death comes to you like a thief in the night, there will be nothing left for him to steal.”
I don’t think I’ll ever have a mother’s intuition. My sister left me alone in a restaurant with my 10-month-old nephew.
I said, “What do I do if he cries?”
She said, “Give him some vegetables.”
It turns out jalapeno peppers are not his favorite!
Most people rush after pleasure so fast that they rush right past it.
At a country-club party a young man was introduced to an attractive girl. Immediately he began paying her court and flattering her outrageously. The girl liked the young man, but she was taken a bit aback by his fast and ardent pitch. She was amazed when after 30 minutes he seriously proposed marriage.
“Look,” she said. “We only met a half hour ago. How can you be so sure? We know nothing about each other.”
“You’re wrong,” the young man declared. “For the past 5 years I’ve been working in the bank where your father has his account.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
My son is the manager of a glass and window company and advertised in the paper for experienced glaziers.
Since a good glass man is hard to find, he was pleased when a man who called about the job said he had over 10 years of experience.
“Where have you worked as a glazier?” my son asked.
The man replied, “Dunkin’ Donuts.”
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. ”
The poor Jewish tailor is beside himself with worry. His wife is very ill and he wants the best doctor in town to treat her. But the doctor is somewhat reluctant because the tailor is so poor and, it being unlikely that his wife could be saved, the tailor might not pay him should his wife die. However, the tailor promises he will pay anything, no matter whether the doctor cures his wife or kills her!
This is sufficient for the doctor and he agrees. Unfortunately, the doctor cannot save her and the tailor’s wife dies. However, when the doctor’s bill arrives the tailor refuses to pay it despite his promise. After much argument, the doctor and the tailor agree to let the Rabbi decide the case since they both are, after all, Jewish.
The doctor puts his case to the Rabbi that the tailor promised to pay “no matter whether the doctor cured his wife or killed her.”
After much thought the Rabbi asks the doctor, “Did you cure her?”
“No,” admitted the doctor.
“And did you kill her?” “I certainly did not,” expostulated the doctor.
“In that case,” said the Rabbi, “the tailor has no case to answer because you fulfilled neither of the conditions on which you agreed that the fee should be paid.”
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy
A man who had been in a mental institution for some years finally improved to the point where it was thought he might be released. The psychiatrist that ran the institution decided it was better to proceed with caution, and chose to interview him first. “Tell me,” said the doctor, “if we release you, as we are considering, what do you plan to do with your life?”
The inmate said, “It would be wonderful to get back to real life, and if I do, I will certainly refrain from making my former mistake. I was a nuclear physicist, you see, and it was the stress of my work in weapons research that helped to put me here. If I am released, I shall limit myself to work in pure theory, where I believe the situation will be less difficult and stressful.”
“Wonderful,” said the psychiatrist.
“Or else,” continued the patient, “I might teach. There is something to be said for dedicating your life to expanding the knowledge of young people.”
“Definitely,” said the psychiatrist.
“Then again, I might write. There is always a need for books on science, or I may even write a novel based on my experiences in the psychiatric institution.”
“Another interesting possibility,” agreed the doctor.
“And finally, if none of these things appeals to me, I can always continue to be a teakettle.”
“Every time you wake up and ask yourself, “What good things am I going to do today?”, remember that when the sun goes down at sunset, it will take a part of your life with it.”
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